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Tony Alamo appointed chairman of Nevada Gaming Commission; Pat Mulroy replacing Pete Bernhard on board

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Dr. Tony Alamo, right, is replacing Pete Bernhard, left, as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Bernhard, who has been chairman since joining the commission in 2001, is leaving effective June 30. Former Southern Nevada Water Authority general manager Pat Mulroy, not pictured, is filling Bernhard’s vacancy on the board. The changes were announced by Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Updated Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 5:44 p.m.

Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced major changes to the Nevada Gaming Commission:

The commission’s longtime chairman, Las Vegas attorney Pete Bernhard, is not seeking reappointment and will resign his seat effective June 30. Taking over as chairman will be Dr. Tony Alamo, a Las Vegas doctor and board member since 2008. Replacing Bernhard on the board is Pat Mulroy, the recently retired longtime general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The five-member commission, along with the State Gaming Control Board, governs Nevada's gaming industry.

Sandoval announced the changes in a news release this afternoon.

Bernhard, a former Las Vegas Sun newspaper carrier who graduated from Western High School and Harvard University, then received his law degree from Georgetown University, was appointed to the Gaming Commission in 2001 by then-Gov. Kenny Guinn. Bernhard replaced Sandoval, who at the time resigned his chairman’s seat to run for Nevada attorney general. Bernhard has remained on the board since then.

“I respect the decision of Chairman Pete Bernhard to leave the Nevada Gaming Commission,” Sandoval said in the news release. “Pete has served the commission with great distinction for over 12 years, and his unmatched knowledge and expertise will be sorely missed.”

Bernhard said he decided not to seek reappointment several months ago and notified Sandoval of his decision. After declining Sandoval’s invitation to reconsider, Bernhard decided on the June 30 date to leave the commission.

Alamo, who operates Alamo Medical Clinic, joined the commission in 2008 and was reappointed by Sandoval in 2012. Prior to joining the commission, Alamo served first as a member then as chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission from 2001 to 2007.

“Tony’s background and experience chairing several state commissions will ensure a smooth transition for the Gaming Commission and its effective regulation of the gaming industry,” Sandoval said.

Mulroy will begin her term effective July 1.

“Pat has shown exceptional leadership skills throughout her career, most recently in her capacity as general manager of the SNWA,” Sandoval said. “I am confident that she will make a great addition and bring a

Mulroy served as general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority from 1993 until retiring in February. She also served as the general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District from 1989 until her retirement.

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